About Me

Clipboard in hand at the Biltmore International Rose Trials.

I know that to everything there is a season, but I’m a gardener and I start counting the days until spring the day after Christmas. I live and grow in Zone 5b where I care for BLOOM THYME COTTAGE GARDEN, my large garden of roses and their companions.

I am the co-host for the Rose Chat Podcast, a podcast on growing, showing and just about anything else in the world of roses. (You can find the archive of our podcasts here.)

I am an active member of the Indianapolis Rose Society currently serving as Immediate Past President and the American Rose Society, where I currently serve as district director. I am also a master gardener and enjoy the many opportunities to learn and to help others grow! I make an annual pilgrimage to Asheville, NC to serve as juror of the Biltmore International Rose Trials.

Here are a few other things about me…

  • I LOVE to dig in the dirt … dirt has an almost magical effect on me.
  • I LOVE roses and get completely giddy when it is time for my roses to bloom. I want to help others have the garden of their dreams.
  •  I LOVE to create flower arrangements to share!
  • I LOVE to share my garden with others.
  • I LOVE to speak to garden clubs and at garden related events. Contact me here or via my email here.


  • 2019 Speaking Engagements:

  • 2020 Speaking Engagements


My blog tells of my adventures in the garden and in life, as well as promotes roses as an integral part of the landscape.

My very handy husband (the builder of fences, potting sheds, trellises, etc.) and I spend most of our free time tending our garden and caring for the birds, frogs and various other critters that join us.

I feel we are in great company because … “God almighty first planted a garden.” -Francis Bacon. Now the LORD God planted a garden in the east. …God took the Man and set him in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order. Genesis 2

So, if you are interested in gardening, roses, flowers or if you find anything magical about dirt, I’d love to have you follow along.


32 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Stumbled on your blog by accident so glad I am . When physicaaly and mentally able gardening is a hobby of mine I started last summer. Already I found some new information, I will pop im often!

  1. I really appreciate your website! It’s beautiful! … and very helpful and informative! Thank you 🙂 I will be stopping by often and have shared your New Dawn rose picture on Facebook. Tammy

  2. Your writing about Frances Lester brought me to tears! I am now 81YO but grew up in Watsonville California where my dad was not only a country doctor but a close friend of The Lesters….I spent hours as a kid in their garden – with my dad in endless discussions about hybridizing roses, how to grow climbers, etc. etc. He learned so much from Frances and Marjorie – Their garden was magic – tucked into the then-woodsy hills outside of Corralitos, I think in a small Canyon (Eureka Canyon??maybe) My dad later became an official judge of the American Rose Society and had quite a rose garden in town – – but, even after Frances’ death, he and my mother were very protective of Marjorie. I met and knew Will Tillotson and Marjorie Stemmler who little by little took over the gardens. I wish now as a kid, I had been more interested in the roses — we did weekend tours of my dad’s friends’ and their gardens… I am so impressed by your heartfelt and beautiful writing… Thank you so much. Your own garden looks magnificent! Sylvia Marshall Meyer (Port Angeles, WA)

    1. Sylvia, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me — just completes the circle for me. So glad to know that the Lester were just as I imagined them to be. I’m sure the garden was an enchanting playground. You make it so much more real to me! I have been drawn into Francis’ love or the rose with his writing and I can see your dad was not immune to his enthusiasm either! HA! Roses are just the best hobby! I wish you all the best. Keep in touch!

  3. Your site is so very beautiful. I live in Maryland in zone 6-7 (I say both because we are technically in 7 but live on a higher hill which causes more wind and cold up here. I was wondering what state you live in and if you have hot and humid summers like we do and therefore have problems with roses. (Although it sure doesn’t look like you do.) 🙂 When my Daddy in Annapolis was alive had many gorgeous roses but it required a lot of spraying – is that what you need to do too? Thank you so much – I am in the middle of canning applesauce and this site was a joy to just take a break and sit and savor.

  4. Hi Teresa: I enjoy your lovely blog and beautiful bouquets. My name is also Teresa, but my username is Strawberryhill. I post in Organic Roses Forum, after finding ways to grow roses healthy without spraying. I hope what I posted will save the bees, save folks money, and avoid dangerous chemicals (see the risks of cancer and Parkinson’s in “Environmental Reasons for NOT spraying with Chemicals.” in Organic Roses forum.)

    You’ll see the experiments I did and the results … just google “Organic Roses” and you’ll see my posts in Gardenweb. Feel free to pass on the info. in “Organic Roses Forum” to others. I posted the info., after offering free roses to friends & neighbors and no one want them, citing that roses are too fussy and need spraying.

  5. I live in CT. Do you offer tours of your gardens? They are stunning! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos and inspirations – and expertise! Cathy T

    1. Thanks Cathy. It’s just a back yard garden that I photograph a lot! LOL and it has wonderful season (like spring) And drab seasons like July and August. 😉 We haven’t done many official tours but our rose society and master gardener groups come. We love to share. Again thanks for your sweet words. Do you have a garden?

  6. As we say down here in the South, “Bless your heart darling” ☺ I wish you an early spring.
    Though I am not by any means a native Southerner but I love it down here and the people too! Yea!

  7. You have huge amount of very beautiful roses. Nearly two years ago we moved from our countryside house to a small town. My wife had small flower garden with different flowers including roses. Because roses require a lot of care, I appreciate Your beautiful rose garden.

    If You do not mind, I show which kind of roses my wife had:

    Roses in our Northern garden.

  8. Hello Teresa I along with the group “Tuesday with Friends”,had the pleasure of your guided tour of your garden… I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it, and your knowledge and love of your Roses was most impressive. I also was the person that took your photo with Colletta.

  9. Hi Teresa,

    I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while and am happy to find your beautiful blog.

    I’m an amateur gardener in zone 6a and find so much joy, stress relief, recreation, exercise… you get the picture… from digging in the dirt. I can relate so well to what you’ve written here.

    We’ve had our first snow of the season today, so it’s inside I go to plan for next year. I’m enjoying your lovely posts.

  10. Glad to find your site from Cynthia Reyes. I am a total dirt girl so should fit in nicely here 🙂 . Looking forward to reading through posts I have missed and your upcoming posts with the change of seasons. Tina

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